Implementation science collaboration on urban health in East Africa: A three-country assessment of nutrition among the urban poor [PCW-3]

Leader: Marie Donaldson, University Research Co. LLC
26 November 2018 | 1:30pm to 5:30pm

This workshop is free of charge and open to all registered delegates.
To register for this workshop email: Richard Hart.

The USAID funded Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project supports an Implementation Science Collaboration on Urban Health in East Africa, which was launched by the East, Central, Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) as an output of a regional consultation to consider how to better address the nutrition and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of the poorest children and adolescents living in urban slums and informal settlements. The Collaboration’s first implementation science activity is to conduct a three-country assessment focused on child health and nutrition in poor urban areas in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya.  The assessment is co-led by University of California, Berkley and UNICEF East Southern Africa Region (ESAR) and implemented by Ifakara Health Institute and TAMASHA (Tanzania), Infectious Diseases Institute and ACTogether & Kibo Foundation (Uganda) and the African Population and Health Research Centre (Kenya). The assessment includes a review of published and grey literature, identification of available existing datasets and analysis of relevant polices and mapping of the informal and formal actors, organizations and promising interventions that impact nutrition and health outcomes in select urban slums and informal settlements in each of the three countries.

We invite those with experience and interest in nutrition and WASH in East Africa to join this interactive workshop, which aims to: share and take stock of the assessment findings, consider differences and similarities across the three countries; seek input from participants on the packaging and communication of findings to facilitate use by various stakeholder groups (local, national, regional); identify regional policy and program implications that can be further refined and shared at regional forum in East Africa; and expand the Implementation Science Collaboration on Urban Health in East Africa through dialogue of next set of implementation science questions to improve the health and development of vulnerable populations in urban settings.


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